Update - OPP Charges Driver In Tractor Trailer Theft

AURORA, ON, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating an incident that occurred on Monday, October 31, 2011 involving a stolen transport truck.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday October 31, 2011, an OPP officer observed a transport truck on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) that had previously been reported stolen. The truck failed to stop for police and a short pursuit was initiated and terminated a short time later due to public safety concerns.

In the interests of public safety, the OPP followed the transport truck and controlled the flow of traffic around the truck with marked and unmarked police vehicles and an OPP helicopter.

The transport truck drove westbound on Highway 401 past Cambridge, returned eastbound on Highway 401, south on Highway 427 and westbound on the QEW. The truck exited the QEW in Niagara Falls and returned eastbound on the QEW.

After approximately five hours, the truck pulled off the traveled portion of the Toronto-bound QEW near the Fairview/Plains Road exit and the driver was arrested without incident.

The OPP reports no one was injured during this incident or vehicles damaged.  The OPP appreciates the cooperation of its law enforcement partners and motorists who abided by the traffic information provided.

Jason MEADUS, aged 40 years from Brampton, Ontario, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton on November 1, 2011, and has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

1)     Two (2) counts of Theft over $5,000.

2)     Two (2) counts of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000.

3)     One (1) count of Possession of Break-in Instruments

4)     Dangerous Driving

5)     Fail to Stop for Police

6)     Mischief Endangering Life

7)     Drive while Disqualified

MEADUS has also been charged with Driving while under Suspension, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

QUOTES

"I commend the work of our front-line members and command staff and thank the media for their assistance and motorists for their patience. Public safety is always our first priority and the OPP response and management of this prolonged incident demonstrated the commitment and professionalism of both our civilian and uniform members."

- OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander - Traffic Safety and Operational Support.


SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Media Contact:  

Sgt. Dave Woodford 
Highway Safety Division 
Phone: (416) 553-5471


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